Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall MBE is in World Bowls Tour action this week in the Co-operative Funeralcare sponsored Scottish International Open. The event finishes this Saturday 14th November. Marshall opened up with a comprehensive 16-0 13-0 first round win over Israel qualifier Shalom Ben Ami and was next due to face Greg Harlow in the last 16 on Tuesday.
ELIBC starlet Craig McIntosh hits the big time this morning (Friday) when he faces up to Stephen Lowrie from Glasgow IBC in the Scottish Young Masters Final at Perth IBC. The final will be broadcast live on BBC while the time was subject to change although will be either 10.15 or 11.30am.
The East Lothian IBC men’s team got their campaign back on track on Saturday with a strong 82-65 home win against Abbeyview. With Ayr defeating Aberdeen this now leaves the Garden County men 2nd in their group behind leaders Falkirk. There were wins for the rinks skipped by Derek Oliver, Billy Mellors and Scott Kennedy while Jamie Higgins narrowly lost out. “This puts in a good position with 3 games to play before Christmas. I’m looking for 3 wins from the guys to put us in a strong position going into the final fixtures”, reflected team captain Scott Kennedy.
Oliver clocked up his second triumph of the campaign as he skipped Ewan Fallen, Andy Burt and Graham Robertson to an impressive 26-12 success over Stuart Pagan while Mellors and his front three of Joe Mower, Martin Wyllie and Willie Wood recovered from 9-10 down at 15 ends to win their game 15-13. Malcolm Higgenbotham, Jamie Gordon, Gary Darling and Kennedy found themselves 7-12 down at the half way stage in their game but hit form in the second half to win 21-17. Higgins and his rink of Andy Jeffrey, Glenn Blair and Stuart Thomson went from 10-6 up at 10 ends to 11-16 down 5 ends later only to get back to peels playing the last but unfortunately lost a 3. The side can strengthen their league position by winning their local battle against city rivals Bainfield tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to the Hutchison Crossway stadium. Ace skip Alex Marshall is a doubt due to his ongoing participation in the Scottish International Open while Jamie Gordon is unavailable although stalwart Mark Johnston returns to the squad. No team will be named until it becomes clear if Alex will be involved in the final stages at Perth. A seventeen man squad will make up the team:- M Higgenbotham, G Darling, S Kennedy (captain), D Oliver, J Mower, M Wyllie, W W Wood MBE, B Mellors, A Marshall MBE, A Jeffrey, G Blair, S W Thomson, J Higgins, M Johnston, E Fallen, A Burt and G Robertson.
Reserves: C Darling, J Robertson, L Middler Unavailable: J Gordon
The ladies side went head to head with promotion rivals Balbardie last Saturday and suffered an agonising last end 77-79 defeat to their Bathgate based opponents. This result leaves the ladies joint top of the top of the table at the half way stage in Division 1C of the Scottish Ladies League together with Bainfield, Balbardie and West Lothian. However, the ladies have a vastly superior shots difference to the other teams which is worth an extra point in itself.
Irene Gray proved an able deputy for Emma Logan as she skipped her rink of Margaret Murray, Jean Russell and Alicia Irvine to a magnificent 30-16 win over S Leitch. The other rink scores were Yvonne Veitch 16 D Flannigan 12, Janet Fairnie 16 P Purdie 19 and Lauren Baillie 15 M Duff 32. The ladies were 1 shot up with Lauren playing the last end, however, despite Lauren’s best efforts they lost a 3. The side is back in action tomorrow when they aim to bounce back as they host Bainfield in a massive game in which a win would see them take another step towards winning the league. The line-up reads:- D Rowan, P Turner, N McNeil, Y Veitch skip M Murray, J Russell, A Irvine, E Logan skip M Kivlin, M Hamilton, M Thomson, J Fairnie skip M Devine, R Mackintosh, G Mackintosh, L Baillie skip Reserves: I Combe, J McFarlane, I Gray, C Jones
The senior side were not in action last week, however, Balbardie won their game in hand by 50 shots leaving the teams level on points at the top of the league with East Lothian leading by 11 shots. The ”Auld Yins” were due to continue against Teviotdale on Wednesday (11th) and the following team had been selected: P Fallen, J Robertson, B Higgins, WW Wood MBE (skip) L Middler, G Gray, B Bisset, P Laidlaw (skip) K Morgan, J McLeod, R Douglas, A Russell (skip) B J Smith, D Pryde, J Brodie, T Young (skip) Reserves: J P Hamilton, G Good, M Trenholme & D McLeod
The play-down action in the national senior tournaments took place last Sunday and the East Lothian pairing of Jim Robertson and Willie Wood MBE won through to the semi-finals with a 24-9 second round victory over Balbardie before narrowly defeating West Lothian 14-11 in their quarter final. They now face Forfar in the semi-final at Prestwick on Saturday March 5th 2016. Unfortunately Alastair Russell could not emulate them and lost out 15-21 to Robert McIvor of Balbardie in his second round clash.
The youth side launched their East of Scotland Junior League campaign last Saturday, however, they fell to a 1-6 defeat. They have no game this week.